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Business Model and Funding

The Interaction Design Foundation is a labour of love and run by hundreds of volunteers and hard-working authors. As you have already guessed, producing and providing top-grade educational materials on this scale is a cost-intensive mission. And since we insist that our millions of readers get free access—we need funding.

In a nutshell, the big puzzle we have spent the last twelve years solving is: How do we produce enormously costly educational materials and course while insisting to maintain incredibly low membership costs?

We have three sources of income, which are:

  1. Sponsorships
  2. Our membership organization
  3. Donations

How can you help?

We believe there is no more measurable, scalable and high impact way to educate the world than to help us !

If you do one of the above, you add to the pool of funding and thus speed up our efforts.

 

Last 5 Donors

$1000
Julie and Don Norman
$100
Chris Bruce
N/A
Prof. Kia Hk
N/A
Anonymous
N/A
Christopher Arning
 

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Budget for 2014/2015

The majority of the costs in our budget are spent in our editorial process.

Pie Chart

Public Relations and Media Coverage

4.3%
  • Top-down media strategy (e.g. press releases)
6.5%
  • Bottom-up media strategy (e.g. engaging local editors or university administrators)
5.8%
  • Viral and social media strategy.

16.6%

Subtotal Public Relations and Media Coverage:

Production costs

18.8%
  • Travel, on-location video interviews, and conference attendance:Video interviews and mini-documentaries shot on location (crew of 2-3), editorial meetings, and conference attendance.
27.7%
  • Editorial work, graphics and layout:Production of books/chapters/mini-books. Each publication requires a significant amount of editorial work, e.g. editorial feedback in several iterations, video editing, video subtitling, copyright clearance, layout, graphics/illustrations, social media publicity, etc.
2.6%
  • Proofreading: of new material is a tedious yet extremely important job.
4.3%
  • 3rd party tech consulting:3rd party consulting to help with security problems, audio design of video interviews, logo, graphics, bug-fixing, database optimization, and the like.
1.4%
  • Legal counselling:We publish world-class educational materials in an open access / open content licence. We have to continually make sure that everything is done by the book.
0.6%
  • Insurance, various:Mandatory insurances.

55.3%

Subtotal Production costs:

Operating costs

10.8%
  • Development and maintenance of publication platform:PHP programming and database development and maintenance
1.9%
  • Hardware:Laptops, testing server, tablets for testing, NAS server, monitors, peripherals.
1.1%
  • Licences: to tools for programming, database development, code and database performance measuring and optimizing. Our database gets app. 1,500 queries per second so having the right tools is essential.
0.3%
  • Dedicated server:Managed hosting of a dedicated web and database server.
0.2%
  • 24/7 support for server:24/7 support for dedicated web and database server.
1.9%
  • Office (rent):Expenses for rent, electricity, heating, and the like.
0.1%
  • Google Index:Interaction-Design.org is a huge site - currently 145,854 pages. When a site is that big, Google requires a fee to index the site.
11.8%
  • Administration:Various administrative costs

28.1%

Subtotal Operating costs:

 

100%

Total:

Other expenses

The above-mentioned expenses do of course not include the 9 years of the founders have put into coding the publication system (some 45,000+ lines of code), building and maintaining the website since 2002, building our network of authors, flying around the world to do video interviews, studying Danish copyright law, and the other things that have made our project a success.

 

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